Jazz, Folk, R&B, Pop, Dazzling Vocals, Great Playing

Contemporary and classic jazz, folk, R&B, pop. Dazzling vocals, great playing. Top UK musicians playing a hugely eclectic mix of covers and originals.

“Thank you for last night. You sounded great and there was a lovely atmosphere.” Ed Ellistone, Manager, The Feathers Hotel, Ledbury

“Brilliant. Great music. We’ll certainly have you back.” Jed Dunn, Monkland Arms

“I hope you know how much people outside the Crown at the picnic tables enjoyed your performance.” Gwyneth Owen, The Crown, Dilwyn

Whether it‘s just to say ‘Hello!’ or to discuss booking us for your special event, we would be delighted to hear from you.
We are based in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire but are happy to travel.
07979 542 449
As a duo, Appleby Stone continue the music of the four-piece group Appleby Kinsey which formed in 2010, performing a rich mix of jazz, traditional and contemporary folk, including a large repertoire of beautiful original songs written by Catherine Kinsey. Appleby Stone produce a glorious, classy sound covering classic and contemporary jazz, swing, Latin, folk, rhythm-and-blues, popular songs and even some classical instrumentals, covering all modern musical eras.
Frequently they are joined by the hugely talented Paul Smith on double bass.
Ken Appleby
ken appleby Ken began playing guitar in his early teens using an instrument his older brother brought back from a school trip to Spain. After years trying to play like John Renbourn and Bert Jansch, and on the advice of Robin Williamson of The Incredible String Band who he met in McCabe‘s guitar shop in Santa Monica, he switched to trying to play like himself and got better results. With many years of experience performing and arranging he now has very much his own style and is the band’s principle music arranger. He has co-written and arranged many songs with Catherine Kinsey as part of Appleby Kinsey.
Emma Stone
emma stone A naturally gifted musician, Emma has been playing flute since the age of 8 and saxophone since the age of 14. She is a virtuosic improviser, a talented and sensitive interpreter of songs and a superb vocalist. She also has a wonderful ability to bring together and nurture musical ideas from the musicians she works with. She has hundreds of performances under her belt including the main stage at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Emma was educated at Dartington College from where she received a degree in Music Performance.
Paul Smith
paul smith On double bass and bass guitar Paul brings a mountain of experience and considerable talent to the ensemble. His superb technical and musical skills give his playing a beautiful fluency and openness, and his feel for the music is apparent from the opening bars of every song on which he plays. In rehearsal he also contributes a wealth of creative ideas and herbal tea. Paul has been playing bass for around 40 years, which works out at 10 years per string. His 60th birthday present was a vintage bass roughly twice his age. The bass has played behind the likes of Humphrey Lyttleton, Chris Barber, Lonnie Donegan and even, on one occasion, Ella Fitzgerald.